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text 2015-12-23 15:12
Top 5 Wednesday: series I want to read next year

So I was actually already thinking about this one today, so perfect timing! I'm not a huge fan of series so I prefer standalones, but there are still some that I want to read next year (of and of course I want to finish them so that's why the title is a little bit different:

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

My plan is to read this series in January (yes, finally!) and I cannot wait. I've never read anything by Rick Riordan, so it's about time.

 

2. Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

I'm not sure about this one, because I heard it's more a romantic trilogy than a dystopian, but maybe I'll borrow it from a friend and try reading it.

 

3.. Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han

This series sounds so much fun and it's one you can read easily and very quickly. Once in a while I just one to read a series/book like that.

 

4 A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I own the first book and the second one comes out in May and I really want to read it. I've never read any of her books (Throne of Glass doesn't sound like my thing) and this one sounds really interesting, so yea.

 

5. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

This is a dystopian series that sounds really interesting and unique (and kind of like a Star Trek episode). I'm not sure if I will like it, but I really want to try this one.

 

I was also thinking about reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and about some other series though, but I really hope I can get to these ones for sure.

 

Which series are on your tbr for next year? 

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text 2015-08-20 21:06
Tropes I Hate | Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey, who usually does her videos on YouTube and has a Goodreads page for this where you can join if you’d like by clicking here! Basically we have a topic every week related to books and you choose your top five! This is done every Wednesday!

 

I am so sorry I did not post this yesterday. Yesterday was a really busy day, so I left really early and came back really late. But, here you go!

 

So, this week’s video is Tropes I Hate!

 

Hmm, it was quite easy for me to choose my number five and my number one, but for the middle it was quite annoying for me to decide which ones I hated more. So, after many struggles of numbering and crossing out these five tropes, let us go on it with it, then! :D

 

(5) The Special Snowflake

 

This is really vague. This trope is when our main character is the “chosen one” or “unique one” or “the lost heir to the throne,” you know, like, every YA book out there. But, I decided to put this as number five because I feel like this can pulled off either very well or very bad.

 

Some examples that I liked: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Throne of Glass, Snow Like Ashes, White Cat, and Harry Potter.

 

Some examples that I didn’t like: Divergent, Falling Kingdoms, and Bitterblue.

 

(4) Best Friends in a Love Triangle

 

This trope can go both ways. But, the end result is the same.

 

The first way is basically when our main character is in love with his/her best friend and their feelings are one-sided. But, oh! Suddenly, when the love interest that we all are seriously rooting for comes along, then our best friend decides he/she also loves our main character and just never voiced his/her feelings and therefore creates an effing love triangle. An example of this? The Dark Elements series. By God, did that make me angry.

 

The second way is when the best friend is the one who’s always loved our not-so-intelligent main character, and when the love interest comes along, this best friend acts as if they were seriously considering to tell our main character about their feelings. So this, therefore creates the damn love triangle. An example of this one is The Iron Fey series.

 

(3) Separated Lovers

 

This trope is at number three because I feel kind of in the middle about this one. I hate it more than the last two, but not as much as the first two.

 

Basically, this trope is when our main love interests are separated in the next book. And, neither are the mentioned being together or, I don’t know . . . It’s screwed up and I don’t get the point of this trope.  It’s frustrating, the readers can’t connect with it, and sometimes our love interests go all Bella-Swan-like.

 

Some examples that I really didn’t get: Pandemonium, Heir of Fire (extremely frustrating), and The Bitter Kingdom (well, that one actually wasn’t bad, I don’t know why I put it there).

 

(2) Plot Device Side Characters

 

If my number one most-hate trope wasn’t number one, it would’ve been this one. I hate this so much.

 

This is when the side characters in the story are meant for one these things: (1) making the plot move forward, (2) making the main character’s life much easier and convenient even though their life may be basically destroyed and (3) they are just a “tag” of a character. Like, “The Evil Queen” and “The Typical Best Friend” they have no personality, no life outside of our main character.  

 

Like, side characters are their own characters too! So, why?! Why does everything they do have to be for the main character? Or why is everything they do not explained properly? I don’t get it. I don’t.

 

Some most hated examples are: side characters in Shadow and Bone (basically the first book, it got better! So that was good and Divergent. I found a teeny bit of this in Mockingjay as well.

 

And finally, my most hated trope that should not come as a surprise:

 

(1) Love Triangles

 

Do I need to explain this one? Because a lot of you already know and I don’t want to gain a headache thinking about this one. They do not work, they are unrealistic, they are dumb, stupid, and are done properly extremely rarely.

 

And that’s it, guys! Once again, I’m really sorry this Top 5 Wednesday was late, I seriously didn’t mean for it to be.

 

Thanks for reading my Top 5 Wednesday guys! Let me know in the comments below what you think! :D

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text 2015-08-13 03:09
Favorite Required Reading | Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey, who usually does her videos on YouTube and has a Goodreads page for this where you can join if you’d like by clicking here! Basically we have a topic every week related to books and you choose your top five! This is done every Wednesday! Also, this is my first Top 5 Wednesday so I’m nervous (I know, I know).

 

So this week’s topic is: Favorite Required Reading!

 

5. The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

I read this a year ago for my study novel unit in English. I didn’t enjoy it, but it was far better than Romeo and Juliet in my opinion. I thought that Bilbo was a funny character to read about, but I didn’t think that he was my favorite, particularly because he was never invested in parts of The Hobbit I was actually looking forward to (*cough cough* Battle of the Five Armies! *cough cough*). So, it’s more of a least favorite.

 

 

4. The Vampire Stalker

by Allison Van Diepen

 

This book was required reading for in-class literature circles a long time ago. I’d read this over the course of a month and it was very enjoyable. I just liked the creativity of the story, and I was hoping to hear more about this on here, but I haven’t heard anything. I’m hoping to give this reread in the future! This book was just a delight and great read! :D

 

 

 

 3.Charlotte’s Web

by E.B. White and Garth Williams

 

I wanted for this to be number one, but I’ve decided to just let this stay number three because I want my number one and two to appeal to something that I would choose now! This is a childhood favorite! I loved this book, and I don’t think I need to explain why! I’m sure everyone loved the journey of Charlotte and Wilbur, and, also, the amount of love Fern has for her pig and her compassion! :D This book is one I will read over and over again! :D

 

 

2. Lamb to the Slaughter

by Roald Dahl

 

This is probably my favorite short story of all time. This just had a nice, creepy-esque tone to it and I watched several short films after reading this story as well! In my opinion, if there was something that defined anti-hero it would be this short story. You have to salute the intelligence behind this murder. It’s a weird favorite!

 

 

 

  

 1. Le Bossu de Notre Dame

by Victor Hugo

 

I loved this book. I did, seriously. I ended up having to read for the French Literature unit! I am very glad I did! This book has such complex characters, and while they are all meant to be unlikeable, I still enjoyed them all! Probably the best read! :D Quite lengthy but we read this actively between a graphic novel, and the novel. :D

 

 

 

 

So, that is all! :D This is my first Top 5 Wednesday, guys! Hope you enjoy this! And until the next one! :D

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text 2015-04-15 22:02
Books I Should Have Started Yesterday // T5W

This was last week's topic but I've been super busy and wasn't able to post it last week. I'm doing it now so it's all good right? 

 

If you didn't know T5W was created bygingerreadslainey and every Wednesday there's a topic in which we choose our top 5 to it. If you want to join, check out the discussion page!

 

There's a lot of books I should have started months ago as I have issues finishing series/reading sequels. 

 

5) The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

This is actually not the only Julie Kagawa book I have to read.

I read The Eternity Cure in 2013 when it came out and yet I never picked this up when it came out. I'm just a bit skeptical because of the size of it and the fact that I've heard that it was an okay ending. I loved the first two books but I just don't know. I'm going to have to re-read the first two before I get to this one. 

 

4) Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I read the second book when it came out yet for some reason I never picked this one up. I should have read it already but I know what happens at the end so I've been meh about reading it. But the first two books were so good, I need to read this one soon. 

 

3) Breakable by Tammara Webber

I didn't even know this was a thing and I'm ashamed to say that because Easy, the first book, is one of my all time favorite books. 

 

2) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 

This is the only book of hers I haven't read which is weird because she's one of my auto-buy authors. I don't even know what to say.

 

1) Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Another book I'm ashamed about not having read yet. I read the first two like two years ago AND I LOVED THEM. There some of my all time favorite books but I never got this one because I disliked the cover and for some reason that made me not buy it. The cover here is actually really pretty and I wish I had that version instead of the ones I do. 

 

 

The list of books I actually have to read is much longer than this. I could literally go on and on and it's kind of embarrassing. I'm just a lazy reader. I have no excuse. I'll get better at reading...hopefully. 

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text 2015-01-14 21:50
5 Series I Want to Start This Year // T5W

This week's top five wednesday is the the top five series I want to start this year. 

 

If you didn't know T5W was created by gingerreadslainey and every Wednesday there's a topic in which we choose our top 5 to it. If you want to join, check out the discussion page!

 

This was difficult because I'm very behind on my series reading because my tbr shelf is packed. But there are just so many good books out there and series I need to read that limiting this to 5 was a pain. So I just went with the top 5 that popped into my head. 

 

Hopefully I do get to these, though I should buy them first to initiate the reading of them....

 

Anyway.

 

5) Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan 

I finished the Percy Jackson series during the summer of 2013, but for some reason I never picked up the Lost Hero. I don't know why either, Percy Jackson is one of my all time favorite series. 

4) The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It's no secret that I love Jennifer L. Armentrout and that I want to read her books. Actually I did attempt to buy this book last year but I was having issues with the book store and my stuff never shipped. That being said I still really want to read these books. I think the reason I haven't yet is because I'm waiting for the last book to come out. 

3) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

I've seen two booktubers rave about this book and being as those two have never done me wrong before, they've persuaded me into wanting to read this massive series-though I'm still a bit hesitant because of the size. I don't know much because I like to go into books blind, but i do know that this series has time travel and one hot love interest. i haven't seen the show yet, as I wanna read the book first because I always end up liking one and disliking the other if I see the t.v show first. 

2)  Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Another massive series. Everyone knows what this is about so I wont go into detail, but I know that everyone loves this series and that I should have started it when the show started. I'm hesitant thought because apparently this series also likes to rip peoples hearts out (i know daenerys' story and wow the tears are real). I think I'm emotionally stable enough to start this though. 

1) Misborn by Brandon Sanderson

Or just any one of his books really. They all sound really good. This series in particular has many many people rave about it and I think it's about time I jump on the bandwagon. I don't know much, but I know this has magic in it and I love me a good magical book. 

 

 

So there we have it. I've just realized there is a particular theme I have going on with each of these books. I think it's saying something about the kind of genre I prefer. Let me know what series you want to start this year!

 

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